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Responding to Extreme Changes between Self-Study and the Evaluation Visit. Dr. Andrew Thompson, Provost Dr. Richard Resch, Provost (Retired) The American University of Rome MSCHE ANNUAL CONFERENCE December 9, 2010 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. OR STUFF HAPPENS!.

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Responding to extreme changes between self study and the evaluation visit

Responding to Extreme Changes between Self-Study

and the Evaluation Visit

Dr. Andrew Thompson, Provost

Dr. Richard Resch, Provost (Retired)

The American University of Rome

MSCHE ANNUAL CONFERENCE

December 9, 2010

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Responding to extreme changes between self study and the evaluation visit

OR

STUFF HAPPENS!


Responding to extreme changes between self study and the evaluation visit

Self-Study Closing Date  Visit

6 Weeks – Update Letter

To

3 Months - Addendum


Responding to extreme changes between self study and the evaluation visit

5 MONTHS!!!!

A LOT CAN HAPPEN IN 5 MONTHS


Things that can happen in 5 months
Things that can happen in 5 Months:

  • Natural disaster

  • Violence on Campus

  • Your daughter elopes

  • Unexpected presidential vacancy

  • Change in ownership

  • Faculty or staff union strikes

  • Extreme change in financial environment


Case the american university of rome aur
Case:The American University of Rome (AUR)

Candidacy Visit – November 7-9, 2007

Granted Candidacy – March 2008

Self Study Closing Date – June 30, 2009

Accreditation Team Visit – December 2009

[Granted Accreditation – March 2010]


Responding to extreme changes between self study and the evaluation visit

Self-Study Taking Place During Fiscal Crisis

Embedded Culture of

Planning-Assessment Budget

Understanding of Core Values and Priorities


Goals
Goals

  • To survive

  • To revise Strategic and Financial Plans quickly and implement

  • Demonstrate to MSCHE that AUR could weather this stormand come out even stronger


Obstacles
Obstacles

  • After a year-and-a-half of downsizing, could we get everyone on board with more?

  • Timing – Could the changes required be accomplished over the summer, approved by the Board of Trustees in the fall and incorporated into the addendum to the SS by mid-October so it could be sent to the Visiting Team six weeks prior to the visit?


Process

Use the Planning-Assessment-Budget process already embedded as part of AUR’s culture of assessment developed over nearly a decade

Focus on the core values of the University to preserve the best of what had been developed during an extended period of growth.

Process


The jac joint advisory committee on planning and budget

The JAC considers the mission and goals of the institution and how these may be refined and better achieved. It links the assessment, planning and budget processes and unites the three main groups that make up AUR -- faculty, administration and students.

Membership:

President, ex officio (chair)

Provost, ex officio

Chief Financial Officer, ex officio

Director of HR and Physical Plant, ex officio

Director of Assessment and IR, ex officio

Director of Student Life and Study Abroad ex officio

Other Administration representatives (two)

Faculty representatives (five)

Student Government representative (one)

The JAC: Joint Advisory Committee on Planning and Budget


Functions of the jac

Receives and reviews all OA documentation for the institution;

reviews the outcomes and performance measures of the previous year’s Strategic Plan;

conducts a mid-year annual review of progress in achieving the institutional priorities identified in the current year’s Strategic Plan;

reviews and updates the Strategic Plan including the mission and institutional goals;

holds budget hearings during the budget forming process and recommends priorities consistent with the Strategic Plan;

recommends budget allocations for the following year, based on outcomes assessment data and strategic planning decisions;

reviews priority areas / projects to identify key elements necessary to meet institutional goals

Functions of the JAC


Process1

FORM: institution;Subcommittee [Strategic Task and Finish Force (STFF)] of JAC to rethink the fundamental model of the University.

CHARGE: Prepare a framework for new Strategic and Financial Plans in light of the continuing effects of the global financial crisis, and especially the US recession, on AUR.

Process


Process2

Membership of STFF: institution;

President

Provost

CFO

Director of IT (also representing the staff union)

Chair of Faculty Senate

One other faculty member

Meetings:

Faculty, staff, students, full JAC

Process


Process3

Meetings: institution;

Faculty

Staff

Students

JAC

Process


Result

A new Framework for SP and FP adjusting to lower enrollment by reducing fixed costs of facilities, staffing, academic programs and faculty.

A new Academic Plan featuring a more focused yet flexible curriculum, greater interdisciplinarity, and more efficient class scheduling

Result